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Dec 27, 2009
Gold Leaf Pen
by: Val Lowich Iskierka

Thanks, Eye, for the information. I haven't heard about gold leaf pens before, though I have worked with gold leaf in the past on other crafts. I will definitely Google this.
Just want to add since my last post about this, that with the cost of metal these days, having items plated is economically prohibitive. When I started, gold was about $250 per ounce, it is over $1000 an ounce now. So I am working with lead panels, copper foil, warm glass and mosaics.

Dec 27, 2009
Solder Points to look bras
by: Eye

I use gold leaf paint at my solder points in a stained glass piece to make it look like brass. Have repaired many pieces and used the gold leaf paint and works very well. I think the paint works better than the gold pen.

Feb 01, 2009
by: Val Lowich

I often get smaller items plated, with either gold or nickel. And I have used the services of all 3 platers mentioned in MN. A few things to keep in mind.
Many platers will not plate stained glass. I'm not sure why, but from what I see at the platers, it looks quite tedious to attach the copper wire to the glass and then to the metal "thingies" that are dipped in the vats of solution. If something isn't soldered very securely, like a jump ring, your piece could drop off and fall to the bottom of the vat. I have heard of one plater in MN who requires a minimum of 100 stained glass pieces before he will accept the order. (These platers businesses are full of car parts from what I've seen.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if a panel is framed in zinc, the zinc will accept the color, but the texture becomes very rough, somewhat rustic. Ask me how I know. Also, some brass chain is coated, and will not accept the plating. That being said, I very much prefer my items be plated, especially if it is a gift, or something that I sell, as I have a problem with people handling the lead, and think it looks finished. (I work mainly in lead, or in a kiln.)I have also heard of people mailing their things to platers to be done. As I am only about 100 miles from a plater, I haven't had to send out anything. After all this rambling, my advice is to fabricate the panel using brass came, purchase a came bender, paint the joints with a gold pen, and it'll be beautiful. Good Luck, and submit a photo to Sue when it's finished.

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